Overview

Health & Safety

TEAN is committed to the health and safety of every program participant. We continually monitor the safety and security of our study abroad program locations as well as popular student travel destinations. We advise students of the safety and health risks associated with studying and traveling abroad based on information and guidance from the U.S. State Department, OSAC (Overseas Security Advisory Council), our insurance provider, local law enforcement, the World Health Organization, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other experts in the education abroad community. We also draw from the expert support of our host universities, which provide comprehensive services to all TEAN participants.

All TEAN students are guided through program-specific health and safety training, which begins with tailored pre-departure communications and concludes with a comprehensive orientation onsite which is facilitated by TEAN staff as well as staff from the host university. Students are given local emergency contact information and are guided through TEAN communication plans. TEAN staff members conduct phone drills early in each program to ensure students are reachable and responsive during the course of the program in case of emergency. All TEAN students are registered with the U.S. State Department through the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Through STEP, local embassies will notify students of safety concerns and provide resources and support in cases of natural disaster, civil unrest, or other emergencies. Friends and family members are also able to subscribe to receive updates and alerts for their student’s host location.

TEAN has an Emergency Response Plan for all of our study abroad locations that is implemented by both our Resident Director staff in Asia Pacific and our U.S.-based staff in Chicago, Illinois. In conjunction with this plan, TEAN has implemented a critical incident reporting structure and communication plan to ensure all stakeholders have access to relevant information in a timely manner. Our staff will work with students, parents, and study abroad staff at both the student’s home and host institutions to provide the most up-to-date information regarding situations that may arise while studying abroad.

Emergency Communications

Emergency Communications

Program participants are given contact information for onsite staff members who are available 24/7 in cases of emergency. Students in need of urgent assistance should first contact local TEAN staff. If the person reporting an emergency does not know the TEAN onsite staff contact information, they may reach the TEAN U.S. office at 800.585.9658 or 312.239.3710 during regular hours (Mon – Thurs: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm CST, Fridays: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm CST). After hours, students in need can reach the TEAN Emergency Phone in Chicago at 574.239.6545.

Upon receiving an emergency call, TEAN will activate our emergency response protocol which will include communications with relevant stakeholders, typically including the participant’s emergency contact/s and home university staff. In the event that medical care is required, TEAN can assist the affected participant through insurance protocols.

Statement on Title IX

Statement on Title IX, Sexual Assault and Misconduct

The cultural and legal context surrounding Title IX issues in host countries may be different from what students are used to in the U.S. Many behaviors considered to be harassing or discriminatory in the U.S. may be more common, or even socially tolerated, in other countries. While many U.S. institutions have developed sophisticated structures of support and judicial process surrounding sexual and interpersonal misconduct, universities abroad are generally less involved at an administrative level. Although TEAN cannot control the local environment, TEAN staff will do as much as possible to support students as they navigate through this unfamiliar territory. TEAN strives to provide relevant resources onsite and works collaboratively with students’ home universities to provide additional remote support.

In the case of sexual assault or sexual misconduct, TEAN strives to empower its student participants and support their rights as much as possible. In some instances, students’ home institutions may require TEAN to report Title IX incidents to designated officials at their home institutions, including the names of those involved. In these cases, the home institution may launch a judicial process to adjudicate the alleged assault or misconduct. Upon learning of an incident of sexual assault or misconduct, TEAN may need to share some details with other program participants to protect their safety. TEAN will make every effort to do so while upholding the confidentiality of the reporting individual and others who may be involved.

TEAN strongly recommends that any program participant who experiences a sexual assault or incident of harassment communicate with a trusted friend or family member for emotional support and report the incident to TEAN onsite staff. If the student does not wish to discuss the incident directly with TEAN, we urge them to contact the local U.S. embassy or consulate for assistance. The embassy/consulate can provide a list of trustworthy medical facilities and other local resources. For more information about U.S. State Department resources, visit the website.

Additionally, a student’s home university likely has an extensive web page devoted to Title IX violations and resources, and likely has a list of trained advisors who are equipped to provide resources and support.

Medications Abroad

Medications Abroad

Any student taking regular prescription medications should discuss travel plans with their regular doctor, and develop a plan for the duration of the student’s time abroad. Certain countries may have customs restrictions prohibiting the postal delivery of medications sent from the U.S. It may also be difficult or impossible to fill U.S. prescriptions at the host location. When possible, students should bring enough medications to last for the duration of the program. Students should always bring a copy of their current prescription with them as well as contact information for their U.S.-based doctor.

Students are encouraged to disclose medical conditions and current prescriptions with TEAN. Though TEAN does not require this information in our application procedures, we urge students to start a dialogue with us as soon as possible so we can offer guidance and direct students to further resources. TEAN Program Managers are best equipped to field questions related to the specific program location. For more information on medications abroad, please see the following online resources:

Medical marijuana

Students should never travel with any amount of marijuana in their possession. Marijuana is illegal in many countries. Even students carrying a U.S. prescription for marijuana can be arrested, prosecuted and deported if in possession of any illegal substance. Airports and airplanes are federal jurisdictions. You can be detained and arrested when going through security. Federal authorities do not recognize the medical marijuana laws or cards of any state.

Safety Tips

Safety Tips

Students on all TEAN programs are provided with these safety tips and recommendations before they’re departure and during their program orientation:

  • Emergency Contacts: Students designate a parent or guardian as their Emergency Contact in their Virtual Application to ensure that information regarding an emergency situation will automatically be passed on to their parents.
  • Communication Information: Students provide TEAN with the most up-to-date contact information including their telephone, mobile phone, address and email address. We also encourage students to notify their parents and Resident Director in case of an emergency.
  • Keep Others Informed: When students travel while abroad, it is critical that they inform others (roommates, parents, Resident Director) of their travel plans. Keeping others informed will make it easier to locate all students in case of an emergency.
  • Stay Informed: We provide as much information as we can and we strongly encourage all of our students to research the political, cultural, and social climate of their study and travel abroad destination before heading overseas. While abroad, students should pay attention to local news sources for developments that may affect their health and safety, as well as stay in touch with their Resident Directors. For any questions, please contact an TEAN staff member either in the U.S. or abroad.
  • What about anti-American sentiment? Although individual Americans are generally well liked abroad, host nationals will often question the activities of the U.S. Government and may hold anti-American views. This has occurred for some time, in periods of both peace and crisis. Participants in the past have found these tips useful:
    • Use common sense
    • Dress to blend in
    • Speak softly and respectfully
    • Avoid overt displays of American patriotism
    • TEAN also advises that students avoid all public demonstrations

Additional Resources

Health and Safety Resources

Insurance

Health Insurance

All Education Abroad Network participants receive an overseas health insurance policy included in the cost of the program. Policies do vary by country. This chart provides a quick summary of coverage with more details below.

Australia New Zealand Asia
Name of Insurance Company (Australia and New Zealand insurance coverage is split between two providers) Medical Providers: Worldcare Assist Silver, Medibank Private and BUPA Australia

Additional Policy: CISI

OSHC Providers: Studentsafe Insurance

Additional Policy: CISI

Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI)
Benefit for Injury or Sickness No Limit (OSHC) $1,000,000 (OSHC) $250,000 (CISI)
Benefit for Medical Evacuations $100,000 (CISI) $100,000 (CISI) $100,000 (CISI)
Benefit for Repatriation of Remains $100,000 (CISI) $100,000 (CISI) $100,000 (CISI)
Benefit for Accidental Death and Dismemberment while Overseas None $25,000 (OSHC) $10,000 (CISI)
Mental Nervous Coverage None None $5,000 (CISI)
Military, Political, Personal Threat, and Natural Disaster Security Evacuation $100,000 (CISI) $100,000 (CISI) $100,000 (CISI)
Exclusions Pre-Existing Conditions Pre-Existing Conditions None

 

Australia Programs

Australia Health Insurance

The basic medical and health insurance policy, or Overseas Student Health Coverage (OSHC), fulfills the mandatory insurance required by the government for international students in Australia. The country has excellent medical and health systems available to international students. The Australian government required OSHC can be administered by WorldCare, Medibank Private, BUPA and AHM, as all are government insurance providers.

  • The cost for OSHC is included in TEAN program fees.
  • OSHC provides free or discounted access to the University Health Service and to public hospitals.
  • Enrollment in OSHC is finalized during students’ university orientation program at which time they will receive a membership card and detailed instructions on how to use their OSHC plan.
  • TEAN includes a supplemental insurance policy from CISI Insurance for medical evacuation and repatriation, as well as military, political, personal threat and natural disaster security evacuation, as those important coverages are absent from the standard Australian Government OSHC policies.
  • Dental care and optical care are NOT covered by OSHC; we recommend students schedule any necessary examinations before they depart as they are likely to be considerably more expensive in Australia.

There are some limitations to OSHC. If students have any existing health concerns, they should contact their current insurance provider before they leave for Australia. Higher level coverage, such as access to private hospitals and dental services, is also not included in OSHC. Medical insurance for higher level medical needs is the student’s individual responsibility.

Please follow the links below for details on different host institutions’ preferred health care providers:

  • Worldcare Assist Silver Plan: Bond University, University of Queensland, Macquarie University, University of Melbourne, University of Sydney, Murdoch University, University of Western Australia, University of Notre Dame, Griffith University, Monash University and University of Newcastle
  • Medibank Private: University of New South Wales, Queensland University of Technology, University of Western Australia, James Cook University, RMIT University, University of Technology Sydney, and International College of Management, Sydney
  • Australian Health Management Group: University of Wollongong
  • BUPA Australia: Deakin University

New Zealand Programs

New Zealand Health Insurance

New Zealand also has excellent medical and health systems available for international students. The basic medical and health insurance policy, or Overseas Student Health Coverage (OSHC), fulfills the mandatory insurance required by the government for international students in New Zealand. The New Zealand government through the Ministry of Education Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students requires that international students have medical and travel insurance. Our partner universities in New Zealand utilize Student Safe Insurance, which provides both medical and travel insurance. This comprehensive insurance is included in the program fee and includes the following:

  • Medical evacuation
  • Hospitalization
  • Surgery
  • Emergency dental services
  • Change in vision services

There are some limitations to Student Safe Insurance. If students have any existing health concerns, they should contact their current insurance provider before they leave for New Zealand. Medical insurance for higher levels of need is the student’s individual responsibility.

Asia Programs

Asia Health Insurance

TEAN provides health insurance as part of the program fee. We will enroll students in advance of their departure so that they have health coverage before they leave their hometown.

TEAN is proud to partner with CISI, an established worldwide leader in the educational travel and cultural exchange insurance market. CISI is committed to providing comprehensive insurance coverage to international students and cultural exchange participants worldwide.  Coverage provided through health insurance typically includes:

  • $250,000 of coverage per injury/illness
  • 24-hour worldwide emergency assistance
  • $100,000 for emergency medical transportation, evacuation and return of mortal remains
  • Diagnosis, treatment and surgery by a physician
  • Operating room charges
  • X-Rays for outpatient services
  • Dressings, drugs and medication requiring a prescription

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance

TEAN highly recommends the purchase of extra travel insurance through STA Travel for any unexpected mishaps that can occasionally occur while you are traveling. Travel insurance is optional and is not included in TEAN program fee. Students can purchase travel insurance for approximately $400 for six months of coverage through the reputable student travel agency, STA Travel. Smaller lengths of coverage are also available online at www.statravel.com.

Coverage includes:

  •   Travel protection
  •   Trip cancellation
  •   Trip interruption
  •   Baggage protection
  •   Lost or stolen baggage
  •   Delayed baggage
  •   Medical protection
  •   Sickness or accident
  •   Emergency evacuation
  •   Travel accident protection
  •   Accidental death and dismemberment
  •   Worldwide Emergency Assistance Services
  •   24-hour travel and medical emergency assistance
  •   Emergency cash transfer